Certain classes of scholars, teachers, journalists and people have been exempted from the India journey ban introduced by President Joe Biden, the US State Department mentioned.

The exemptions have been issued by Secretary of State Tony Blinken, hours after Biden issued a proclamation proscribing journey from India starting May four due to the “extraordinarily high COVID-19 caseloads and multiple variants circulating in the country”.

According to the State Department, the journey ban exemption is according to an analogous exemption that the US has granted to some classes of travellers from Brazil, China, Iran and or South Africa.

“In keeping with the Department of State’s commitment to facilitate legitimate travel to the United States, Secretary Blinken decided today to apply the same set of National Interest Exceptions to India that he had previously applied to all other regional travel restrictions currently in effect as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic,” the State Department mentioned.

Students in search of to start research within the fall, teachers, journalists and people who present vital infrastructure assist in international locations affected by a geographic COVID-19 restriction might qualify for the exception, it mentioned.

This consists of certified candidates who’ve been current in India, Brazil, China, Iran, or South Africa, it added.

The pandemic continues to restrict the variety of visas our embassies and consulates overseas are in a position to course of, it mentioned. As all the time, visa candidates ought to examine the web site of the closest embassy or consulate for essentially the most up-to-date details about visa appointment availability, the State Department mentioned.

“As the global situation evolves, the Department continues to seek ways to process more visa applications, in line with science-based guidance from health authorities and with the health and safety of staff and applicants as our priority,” it mentioned.

In a nationwide curiosity exemption issued by the State Department on April 26, which it mentioned is nice for India too, college students with legitimate F-1 and M-1 visas intending to start or proceed a tutorial programme commencing August 1 or later don’t have to contact an embassy or consulate to hunt a person exemption to journey.

They might enter the United States no sooner than 30 days earlier than the beginning of their educational research.

Students in search of to use for brand spanking new F-1 or M-1 visas ought to examine the standing of visa companies on the nearest embassy or consulate.

Those candidates who’re discovered to be in any other case certified for an F-1 or M-1 visa will mechanically be thought of for an NIE to journey, it mentioned.

The Department of State additionally continues to grant NIEs for certified travellers in search of to enter the US for functions associated to humanitarian journey, public well being response and nationwide safety.

These travellers and any others who consider their journey to be within the United States’ nationwide curiosity must also overview the web site of the closest US embassy or consulate for instruction on easy methods to contact them, it mentioned.

In one other memorandum on April 8, the Secretary of State had decided that the journey of immigrants, fiancé(e) visa holders, sure trade guests, and pilots and air crew travelling to the United States for coaching or plane pickup, supply or upkeep is within the nationwide curiosity for functions of approving exceptions below the geographic COVID presidential proclamations.

These proclamations prohibit the entry of people bodily current, throughout the 14-day interval previous to their tried entry into the United States, within the People’s Republic of China, Islamic Republic of Iran, Schengen Area, United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Federative Republic of Brazil, or Republic of South Africa.

This article offers additional particulars relating to this dedication. India has now been added to the listing.

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